Set of 3 french toasts topped with caramelized apples

French Toast with Caramelized Apples

This decadent French Toast with Caramelized Apples can get any day started on the right foot! Texas toasts are dipped in creamy custard and pan-fried with butter until golden brown, then drizzled with a generous topping of caramelized apples for the ultimate breakfast treat.

Set of 3 french toasts topped with caramelized apples

Throughout my childhood and to this day, breakfast is still one of my favorite meals. Eggs scrambled with cheese or sunnyside up were a given, but when choosing the main course, it was always a toss-up between pancakes, waffles, and French toast.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite way to enjoy French toast, and it’s all about the topping. The caramelized apples serve as the sweet surprise, and this version requires no syrup — unless you want it that way. The apples are tender and with a few additional ingredients, transform your average French toast into a flavorful and exciting meal idea.

french toast and caramelized apples ingredients

Ingredients you’ll need to make this French toast:

  • For the French toast, it’s basically bread and custard. For this recipe, I use Texas toast. This bread is thicker than normal bread and does a great job at soaking up just enough custard without making the toast too soggy.
  • The custard is made using heavy whipping cream, evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, and butter (for cooking).
  • For the caramelized apple sauce, you’ll need apples (Honeycrisp or Granny Smith work great), butter, ground cinnamon, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and brown sugar.

Making this french toast:

Begin by combining the custard ingredients into a large bowl and whisking until smooth. Once you dip your bread slices into the egg mixture on both sides, cook each side in a skillet (cast iron if you have one) until it’s golden brown. (Be careful not to allow your bread slices to rest too long in the custard. This will make bread too wet, and you may end up with a soggy middle in your French toast.)

apples caramelizing in cast iron skillet

It only gets better when you top your tasty French toast off with caramelized apples that have been simmering in butter, spices, and sugars. Making the caramelized apples does require some patience so take your time.

Allowing the ingredients to combine and thicken creates a decadent sauce that’s the best part of this recipe. You want to stir your ingredients frequently, so the sugar caramelizes, and the sequence of ingredients is important: butter, sugars, apples, milk.

small bowl of caramelized apples

French Toast FAQs

What type of bread should I use for French toast?

I prefer bread that is sliced thick when making French toast. My favorites are Texas toast, Brioche, and Challah bread, which I purchase whole and slice on my own. Stale or day old bread also works well

What type of apple should I use?

Not all apples are created equal when it comes to caramelizing. You’ll get the best results when you use the crispiest apple variety possible, and they’ll maintain their firmness while cooking. Softer apples will fall apart while cooking. Your best bet is Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala.

How do you keep French toast from being soggy in the middle?

The ideal French toast is browned and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It’s not too dry, yet it’s certainly not soggy. Don’t allow your bread slices to rest too long in the custard. This will make bread too wet. Quickly dip the bread in the custard on both sides, ensuring it is completely covered from edge to edge.

plate of french toast topped with apples

When you want to treat your family and yourself to a great tasting breakfast, give this French Toast with Caramelized Apples a spot on your table, and I can promise you will not regret it. Check out the video below where I take you step-by-step and show you how to make this French toast:

Here are a few more pancake and waffle recipes you might enjoy:

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Set of 3 french toasts topped with caramelized apples

French Toast with Caramelized Apples


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This French Toast with Caramelized Apples can get any day started on the right foot! Texas toasts are dipped in creamy custard and pan-fried with butter until golden brown, then drizzled with a generous portion of caramelized apples for the ultimate breakfast treat.


Ingredients

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For the French Toast:

  • 8 Texas toast, sliced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 3 large brown eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp butter, for cooking

For the Caramelized Apple Sauce:

  • 2 whole Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

For the French Toast:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk heavy whipping cream, evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well blended. Set your custard to the side.
  2. Heat cast-iron skillet to medium. Add 1 tablespoon of butter into the skillet and spread evenly. (You may need to add 1 tablespoon of butter to skillet for every two French toast cooked.)
  3. Dip bread slices into the custard. Coat each side evenly. Cook on each side for 3 minutes (or until golden brown), then set to the side. 
  4. Repeat this process for the remaining bread slices. 

For the Caramelized Apple Sauce:

  1. Heat a saute pan to medium heat. Add butter and spread evenly.
  2. Add brown sugar and sugar to the pan, constantly stirring, allowing the sugars to caramelize. Once the sugars begin to bubble, add your sliced apples. Continue cooking and stirring.
  3. Add half of the evaporated milk, and allow to cook for 2 more minutes. Add the rest of your evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat. To serve, pour caramelized apples over french toast. 

Notes

I prefer bread that is sliced thick when making French toast. My favorites are Texas toast, Brioche, and Challah bread, which I purchase whole and slice on my own. Stale or day-old bread also works well.

Not all apples are created equal when it comes to caramelizing. You’ll get the best results when you use the crispiest apple variety possible, and they’ll maintain their firmness while cooking. Your best bet is Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala.

The ideal French toast is browned and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It’s not too dry, yet it’s certainly not soggy. Don’t allow your bread slices to rest too long in the custard. This will make bread too wet. Quickly dip the bread in the custard on both sides, ensuring it is completely covered from edge to edge.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: French

Nutrition

  • Calories: 426
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 258mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.8g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 7.9g
  • Cholesterol: 121mg

Keywords: French Toast with Caramelized Apples, French Toast, Caramelized Apples

Show Comments (13)
  1. I would’ve never thought to use Texas toast this way! My french toast came out so sweet and fluffy! The caramelized apples were like the icing on the cake! I am definitely going to be making this recipe again!






  2. This French toast was perfect for our brunch at home last weekend. Everyone cleaned their plates and asked for more and since it was so simple to make, I obliged. Thank you!






  3. This recipe is the perfect breakfast! We made this for brunch on sunday morning and gobbled up every last bit! The caramelized apple sauce is to die for and the french toast pairs perfectly with it!!!






  4. This recipe is the perfect breakfast! We made this for brunch on sunday morning and gobbled up every last bit! The caramelized apple sauce is to die for and the french toast pairs perfectly with it!!






  5. The french toast was wonderful, Eric! I’m craving those apples too, OH MY GOD. Seriously delicious, and put a smile on my husband’s face to have a fresh breakfast for once lol!






  6. I had no idea the type of apple used makes a difference when it comes to caramelizing. Honeycrisp was our choice and it was perfect with the french toast! Thank you!






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